Apraxia is a neuropsychological disorder in which the patient, while being free from paralysis, ataxia or dementia, manifests obvious difficulty or inability to perform voluntary movements.

The vast majority of those affected by this condition are not aware of its presence.

The name derives from the Greek term "a-praxia" meaning “inaction”.


What kind of diseases can be associated with apraxia?

The following diseases may be associated with apraxia:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Cerebrovascular lesions
  • Lesions of the corpus callosum

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for apraxia?

The treatment for apraxia relies mainly on rehabilitation (with the help of physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists). A drug therapy has not been identified yet for the targeted symptoms of the disorder.

Apraxia is ranked among the neuropathological debilitating diseases and some less severe forms tend to resolve spontaneously.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of apraxia?

In case of severe a trauma or any of the associated diseases (see list associated diseases) a doctor should be visited.